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Autoimmune

(written for Webmiss' "Tolerance" visual comp)
 
White cells, bandits
in the breakdown
of self-tolerance, form
little mutinies,
civil wars in veins,
antibodies shredding
DNAŚ
life winds down, self
lost to self; such
cruel intents of proteins  
deaf to their master in ugly
displays of wasting away.
MadameLavender
Written by MadameLavender
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Author's Note
"Tolerance" can have meanings beyond social/emotional, and in the laboratory, "tolerance" to us means the body's immune system normally tolerates itself, not making antibodies against and killing off...
"Tolerance" can have meanings beyond social/emotional, and in the laboratory, "tolerance" to us means the body's immune system normally tolerates itself, not making antibodies against and killing off one's own DNA, bones and muscles. If it loses that ability, and can't recognize what belongs and doesn't belong in a person, it attacks everything, leading to autoimmune diseases. Photo is my own, as I sometimes take pics on my cell phone, down the microscope oculars, if there's something neat. lol The big cell is a rarely seen eosinophilic myelocyte, normally present in bone marrow and not in peripheral circulation.
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